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  • The Vallee Foundation was established in 1996 by Bert and Kuggie Vallee to foster originality, creativity, and leadership within biomedical scientific research and medical education. In its initial years, the Foundation’s mission to promote dialogue between active and prominent biomedical scientists around the world was achieved by sponsoring visiting professorships at institutions with which Bert Vallee had developed close collaborations and by organizing biennial meetings of... read more

    To promote a collegial community of international scientists, to enhance scientific collaboration and communication, and to advance medical education and biomedical research. 

  • March 2015
    Several more members of the Vallee Foundation community are being recognized for their outstanding work this month: Lewis C Cantley (VVP 2006) (Weil Cornell Medical Center) has won the 2015 Canada Gairdner International Award from the Gairdner Foundation for his groundbreaking discovery of a family of enzymes that are fundamental to understanding cancer.  The Canada Gairdner International Awards are given annually to five biomedical scientists from around the world whose... read more
  • David Eisenberg
    March 2015
    Eisenberg lauded for work on amyloid fiber structure  By Umesh D. Wankhade1 David Eisenberg, Paul Boyer Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UCLA and an HHMI Investigator, is the second winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science. The award was established by the Bert and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation in 2012 to recognize established scientists with outstanding accomplishments in... read more
    "How nice it is to receive an award named for a scientist whose lectures I heard when I was an undergraduate. But my name as the sole recipient masks the fact that the recognized work is the product of more than a dozen scientists in our group. Perhaps more than most laboratories, we work as a group, with diverse backgrounds and skills combining to produce each finding. We tackle hard problems, gaining confidence from each other that we can overcome the obstacles that we invariably encounter along the path. Much of my pleasure in science comes from our cooperative mode of scientific discovery. –David Eisenberg ------------------------------------ Eisenberg will receive his award at the ASBMB annual meeting, held in conjunction with the the Experimental Biology 2015 conference in Boston. He will deliver an award lecture, “The amyloid state of proteins,” at 8:45 a.m. Monday, March 30, in Ballroom West on the third level of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
  • March 2015
    Vallee Visiting Professor Philip Sharp (VVP 2013) and Young Investigator Feng Zhang (YIA 2013) are back in the news again having led a team at the Broad Institute to use CRISPR/Cas9 to create a comprehensive genetic screen of the mouse genome.  Using guide RNAs developed to knock out genes in the 2.6 billion base pair mouse genome, the scientists revealed new genes involved in tumor evolution and metastasis.  Their recent results are published in Cell.  Read more... read more
  • Image: Professor Suzanne Cory AC PhD FAA FRS (Photographer: Marija Ivkovic)
    January 2015
    Suzanne Cory (VVP 2006), one of Australia's most distinguished molecular biologists, delivered the 2014 Boyer Lectures on The Promise of Science: A Vision of Hope last year.  The Boyer Lectures is a series of talks by prominent Australians chosen by the ABC board to present ideas on major social, scientific or cultural issues. The lectures have been broadcast on ABC Radio for more than 40 years and have stimulated thought, discussion and debate in Australia on an astonishing range of... read more
    Honorary Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
  • January 2015
    Recent news of members of the Vallee Foundation scientific community include two new Nature articles by Young Investigators David Tobin and Feng Zhang (see below) and research from the lab of Vallee Visiting Professor Andreas Strasser at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne where scientists are targeting a cell 'survival' protein that could help treat some lymphomas, including those cancers with genetic defects that make them resistant to many existing therapies.  ... read more
  • December 2014
    The Vallee Foundation is delighted to announce the 2015 Vallee Visiting Professors: five internationally recognized leaders in biomedical research, well known by their scientific breakthroughs and discoveries, their distinguished achievements, and their positions of international leadership. Ari Helenius, PhD,  Professor of Biochemistry, ETH Zurich. Susan Lindquist, PhD,  Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; Professor of Biology at the... read more
  • Jerrold Meinwald
    October 2014
    This has been a good month for the Vallee Foundation community.  Among the Vallee Visiting Professors whose research has hit the headlines recently are Jerrold Meinwald (VVP 1997), the Goldwin Smith Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Cornell University Graduate School, who is to receive the National Medal of Science in Chemistry at a White House ceremony later this fall.  The National Medal of Science is the highest national honor for scientists and engineers.  Jerrold... read more
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    September 2014
    The Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2014 Young Investigator Awards.  The following four young scientists, three in the US and one in France, are among the most creative and productive stars in their field.  The Vallee Foundation’s goal to fund originality, innovation, and pioneering work recognizes the future promise shown by these men and women who are passionately dedicated to deciphering complex biological phenomena.... read more
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    August 2014
    Protein Homeostasis, Metabolism, and Cancer: Major advances in biomedical research are being made in understanding disease mechanisms from the point of view of the genome, the metabolome and the proteome. At the 2014 Vallee Symposium, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston earlier this month, Peter Howley (VVP 2009), Wade Harper (VVP 2000), and Lew Cantley (VVP 2006) invited 16 other world-renowned scientists working in these areas to present their latest work. ... read more
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    July 2014
    Some 600 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students joined 37 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine for the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Lake Constance at the end of June.  Four of these young scientists were sponsored by the Vallee Foundation: Renata Gomes (King’s College, London), Alice Matimba (University of Zimbabwe), Maria Molina (Freie Universität, Berlin), and Johanna Roostalu (Cancer Research UK).  The Vallee Foundation is delighted to have sponsored these four... read more
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    June 2014
    The Vallee Foundation joins the family, friends and collaborators of Walter Gehring (VVP 2013) in mourning his untimely death on May 29. He was a remarkable scientist who made significant contributions to the study of the genetic control of development.  Walter Gehring went to the Karolinska Institut in 2013 for his Vallee Visiting Professorship, where he was hosted by Rudolf Rigler and Lars Terenius.   Read his obituary Torsten Wiesel (VVP 2010) celebrated his 90th birthday... read more
  • James Adelstein, courtesy of snapsuites
    May 2014
    Change and continuity.  Those are the catchwords for the Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation this past year.  Change in the appointment of a new Executive Director, initiation of several programs, and a move of the Foundation’s office to a new location. Continuity in the appointment of Vallee Visiting Professors and planning for a summer meeting in 2014. Alexa Mason joined the Foundation as its Executive Director in October.  She brings to us her pertinent experience... read more
  • Michael Gottesman
    April 2014
    The Vallee Foundation is delighted to announce the first recipient of the Bert & Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science: Michael M Gottesman. ASBMB President-Elect Steve McKnight and ASBMB President Jeremy Berg flank Alexa Mason and Michael Gottesman Michael Gottesman’s long career as an outstanding researcher and administrator working at the leading edge of cancer studies is being recognized at the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and... read more
  • January 2014
    “This excellent concept of providing the resources to spend a month at another Institution is scientifically invigorating, renews friendships and creates a path for new learning.” So says Walter Gehring (University of Basel) who spent four weeks last summer at the Karolinska Institutet working with Rudolf Riger, Lars Terenius and other colleagues on the continuation of a project to look at the question of how a Hox transcription factor finds its target genes among 18,000 genes in a living... read more
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    December 2013
    During this past year, four senior scientists have taken up their Vallee Visiting Professorships and travelled to Stockholm, La Jolla, and Boston for a month of stimulating conversation, hands-on research, experience with new technology, and the time to re-energize away from their normal daily responsibilities. Host institutes warmly welcomed the VVPs, introduced them to colleagues and students, and arranged for them to give Vallee Lectures to their scientific communities. Naama Barkai... read more
  • June 2013
    The 2013 winners are: Dr Kirsty L Spalding, Senior Researcher in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) who studies obesity by investigating the maintenance and regulation of fat cells. Dr David Tobin, Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) whose research centers on the direct observation of the response of immune cells to pathogens in zebra fish.... read more
The Vallee Foundation was established in 1996 by Bert and Kuggie Vallee to foster originality, creativity, and leadership within biomedical scientific research and medical education. read more
To promote a collegial community of international scientists, to enhance scientific collaboration and communication, and to advance medical education and biomedical research. 
March 2015
Several more members of the Vallee Foundation community are being recognized for their outstanding work this month: read more
David Eisenberg
March 2015
Eisenberg lauded for work on amyloid fiber structure  By Umesh D. Wankhade1 read more
"How nice it is to receive an award named for a scientist whose lectures I heard when I was an undergraduate. But my name as the sole recipient masks the fact that the recognized work is the product of more than a dozen scientists in our group. Perhaps more than most laboratories, we work as a group, with diverse backgrounds and skills combining to produce each finding. We tackle hard problems, gaining confidence from each other that we can overcome the obstacles that we invariably encounter along the path. Much of my pleasure in science comes from our cooperative mode of scientific discovery. –David Eisenberg ------------------------------------ Eisenberg will receive his award at the ASBMB annual meeting, held in conjunction with the the Experimental Biology 2015 conference in Boston. He will deliver an award lecture, “The amyloid state of proteins,” at 8:45 a.m. Monday, March 30, in Ballroom West on the third level of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
March 2015
Image: Professor Suzanne Cory AC PhD FAA FRS (Photographer: Marija Ivkovic)
January 2015
Honorary Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
January 2015
Jerrold Meinwald
October 2014
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September 2014
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August 2014
Protein Homeostasis, Metabolism, and Cancer: read more
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June 2014
Michael Gottesman
April 2014
The Vallee Foundation is delighted to announce the first recipient of the Bert & Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science: Michael M Gottesman. read more